3rd Party Evaluation for Delivering Reproductive Health Results through Non-State Providers (DFID)

DFID’s aim is to ensure a stable and prosperous Pakistan through empowering women and girls. In this project " Delivering RH Results through Non-State Providers" DFID Pakistan focuses on reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health including nutrition with the aim of supporting effective implementation of health sector strategies that will lead to achievement of the health MDGs. This project is being implemented by Marie Stopes International (MSI), Population Services International (PSI) and an DKT International over four years (2012 to 2016) with an option to extend for 12 months and so improve maternal and new-born health by ensuring supply of high quality reproductive health services and commodities through non state providers in poor and underserved urban and rural areas in selected districts of Punjab, northern Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan. These organisations will initially scale up access to and use of modern family planning (FP) services through social franchising (SF) and social marketing (SM) approaches, with potential to provide a more comprehensive Reproductive Health (RH) package by including other interventions such as safe delivery, nutrition, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

3rd Party Evaluation for Delivering Reproductive Health Results through Non-State Providers (DFID)

Understanding How Adolescent Girls and Women Learn, Process and Use Reproductive, Maternal and Neonatal Health Information

In Pakistan, Maternal and Neonatal Health Outcomes lag many of its regional neighbour and are particularly worse for young and adolescent mothers. This situation is compounded by socio-cultural emphasis on early marriages and having children immediately after marriage, both of which limit these adolescent girls’ opportunity for formal education and appropriate reproductive health information, thus increasing their vulnerability and lack of empowerment.

Understanding How  Adolescent Girls and Women  Learn, Process and Use Reproductive, Maternal and Neonatal Health Information

Impact Evaluation MARVI project

With the literacy of just about 6%, Umerkot hardly has women who fulfill the minimum educational requirements for becoming a Lady Health Worker depriving the area of the likely interventions. HANDS, in collaboration with PACKARD sought to cater to this issue by training an alternate brigade to the Lady Health Worker chain. This alternate chain called the MARVI workers, consisted of illiterate women who were trained rigorously to play the part of Lady Health Workers.

Impact Evaluation MARVI project

Maternal Health and Domestic Violence: Impact of Personal and Social factors

This study looking at Gender Based Violence (GBV) was funded by Research Advocacy Fund and conducted by Rutgers WPF and RADS (2012-2013). Gender based violence adversely affects the reproductive and general health of women and is common in Pakistan and the region (Aurat Foundation 2010, UNFPA 1998, Rutgers WPF 2011). Violence and discrimination have significant and often long lasting physical and psychological effects beyond just health. GBV is often associated with higher incidence of depression, suicide or premature death, poor quality of life, miscarriages, maternal mortality, unsafe abortion, lack of health care access, disempowerment, social isolation, and low birth weight infants etc (WHO 2011). Although various forms of violence affect women throughout the cycle of their lives, a woman is particularly vulnerable to intimate partner aggression and violence.

Maternal Health and Domestic Violence: Impact of Personal and Social factors

Evidence for Policy and Action Grant Initiative

Research and Development Solutions received a grant from the USAID Small Grants Program (2011-2013) to make evidence accessible to Decision and Policy Makers in Health. Under the grant we collated and analyzed data on Family Planning and Childhood Immunization and made these analyses available to Government Officials, Donors, Politicians, Media and Communities in the form of policy briefs, working papers and/or evidence based advocacy.

Evidence for Policy and Action Grant Initiative